Stanford, UCLA, and UC Davis are hosting workshops with the REDD+ Offset Working Group on recommendations to accept REDD+ credits into California’s cap-and-trade system. Further south, the University of California San Diego is launching a program in terrestrial carbon accounting to help scale up the human capital needed to support REDD+ in forest carbon measurements.
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4 March 2013 | Tracking terrestrial carbon is the name of the game for this news brief series – and Ecosystem Marketplace is in the midst of doing just that as we continue to survey project developers to inform the 2013 State of the Forest Carbon Markets report. If you have not already responded and would like to (and be recognized as a featured project and by company name and web link at the bottom of a news brief intro) contact
On to the news! According to
With this in mind, Michael Jenkins of Ecosystem Marketplace parent organization Forest Trends asks, “How do we improve REDD+ finance, both in terms of scale and efficiency?”
In his latest editorial, Jenkins stresses the need for a bi- or multi-lateral institution to serve as a central buyer for forestry and land-use carbon credits (much like the World Bank Forest Carbon Partnership Facility’s Carbon Fund is set up to do) and develop new contract and project/jurisdictional finance structures that can scale up payments based on performance. This is particularly crucial in the short to medium term prior to REDD+ gaining credence in compliance markets.
Turning our newsletter lens to California, we find the REDD Offsets Working Group (ROW) hard at work fielding feedback from its first
One of the main goals of the ROW’s recommendations is “for the California model to be adopted by other cap and trade programs or pay-for-performance strategies, hopefully helping partner jurisdictions become compatible with other systems,” according to ROW member Dan Nepstad, the Amazon Environmental Research Institute’s International Program Director.
California could set a strong precedent for other GHG compliance programs if it decides to allow REDD+ credits into its program. Until or unless other systems provide demand signals, however, the supply of REDD+ credits from partner jurisdictions significantly outweighs prospective demand from California.
With this in mind, the ROW’s recommendations encourage partner jurisdictions to issue credits themselves or register reductions with “third-party programs where a single ‘currency’ could potentially serve a variety of voluntary and regulatory markets,” as the State of Acre has done already. Where jurisdictions remain unable to tap into carbon finance, they need to continue securing financing for own efforts from national, multilateral and bilateral sources.
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